About Elephants

There are two types of elephants; African and Asian. Although they look similar they actually have a lot less in common than it may seem. African elephants have larger ears, more wrinkly skin and are larger overall than Asian elephants.

Elephants are social animals. The females tend to live in groups of 10 with other female relatives and their calves. The eldest female in the group is considered the leader until death. Elephants are usually found near a large water source since they use their trucks to drink up to 40 litres of water per day.

All elephants are herbivores. Some are grazers, eating mainly grass and bushes while others are browsers, using their trunks to reach up into trees for food. These animals are known as a keystone species because they are so large and have a considerable effect on the environment and ecosystem.

Elephants are frequently hunted for their tusk ivory. The illegal ivory trade has been in action for hundreds of years and still exists today.

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Captive Elephants Freed From a Life in Chains
Thanks to solar-powered, electric-fenced corrals, the chains have come off some captive elephants in Nepal.
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Elephants Comfort Comrades During Rescue in China
A heartwarming scene unfolds on video and hints at animal behavior.
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Watch a Dramatic Elephant Rescue
A young elephant was saved from drowning in a manmade structure in a Zimbabwe national park by a team that is using drones to deter poaching.
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Bid to Revive Ivory Trade Fails
Even as nations voted to prevent two countries from selling ivory, they denied protections for elephants that would ban the ivory trade.

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